BiddleBrau (1221) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2009
On cask at GL. Black as coffee with dense tan head. Rich and roasty aroma. This is a creamy and rich brew, thick. Chocolate cocoa, slightly sweet flavor with presence of alcohol. A very comforting beer. glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2010
Black with huge overflowing head. Can’t fill half the glass. Lots of fruit going on with big roast and chocolate. Something has gone wrong with this bottle me thinks...fruit is overbearing and even dominates over the roast. Not a porter in this form. Drain pour. wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 6, 2008
Bottle. Thanks kmweaver. Black appearance, brown, tan head. Aroma is faint chocolate, sucrose. Flavor is a little thin, but very chocolatey. Dry, roasted finish. Little of alcohol, and smoke up front. thebaldwizard (1207) - Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2007
Growler from JB175. Thanks! Shared at C-bus 7. Great aroma. Tons of chocolate, wood, and some alcohol--smells like a barrel aged brew. Black body with a medium head. Full and creamy palate. The taste is just like the aroma which is great. A light bitter finish after all the chocolate and oak flavors is a nice suprise. Really great porter. Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 3, 2009
From dmac via trade. The pour was dark brown and clear. A one-finger tall light tan head appeared. Minimal lacing. The aroma was roasted, almost burnt malts and coffee. A bit of chocolate. The flavor was roasted malts, old coffee, light chocolate and a bit of sour fruit towards the finish. Light body, dry mouthfeel. Slightly above average.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - SEP 30, 2007
Growler. Dark mocha head, slow recession, ringlet lacing imparted, a thick ring remains. The body is midnight black, opaque and pours smooth and thick. The aroma is pleasantly roasty with loads of bittersweet chocolate and lesser hints of caramel, disorganized dark fruits(cherry, raspberry, blueberry, plum) , nuts(cashew and pecan)coffee and mild smoke and ashen earthiness. Subtle hints of mentholatum, herbal hops, lactose and vanilla syrup add depth to an already lovely nose. Alcohol is only barely detectable. No flaws noted. Every warming degree brings with it a new complexity, a new interest, new life. The flavor is very appealing. Chocolate is sweet, then bitter, sweetness overall is medium and just the right amount. Bitterness is mild and hops are green. Astringency is low to mild and growing. The mouthfeel is powdery and chocolate seems more like cocoa powder and half-ground/half-whole coffee beans. Medium-full bodied, chewy and filling, handsomely carbonated and very drinkable. The finish is off-dry, chocolatey, lightly grainy, very roasty and enduring. A great beer. MaltOMeal (1094) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2009
bottle thanks to CaptainCougar. pours black with a huge, brown head. Nose is of cocoa powder. taste is of chocolate and malt. Mouthfeel is medium-thin and watery. JFURYCAT (1078) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2009
Bottle from Abe’s in Bethlehem ($2.50). I saw the BA label near it so I thought it was worth a try and I should have bought more for my wife. The chocolate hits me up front along with a roasted flavor and a slight sourness which i initially disliked. The body is a bit like soda in feel. Brilliant complex aroma with some nuttiness though. crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2006
Thanks to Degarth for sharing some of his growler with me. Pours black, nice almond head..... Great silky mouthfeel, milky taste with milk chocolate, oatmeal, roasted malt, maybe some cocoa and sugar, great tasting beer with a great mouthfeel. Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2008
UPDATED: APR 10, 2008 Looks just like the regular CT. Black with small tan head. Chocolate, dark roasted malt, and wood is the aroma. The taste is just like the regular version but has a weird chalky ask after taste.
Earlier Rating: 2/11/2007 Total Score: 3.8
Draft at brewpub. Black with nice tan head. Smells of dark roasted malts and chocolate. The taste was the same with nice semi sweet notes throughout. Medium body with nice roasted finish.